Top 25 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Devon - GlobalGrasshopper (2023)

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1. Torquay – a very popular seaside resort town set on the English Channel Our hotel choice in Torquay – South Sands Beach House 2. Beer and Lyme Bay – a beautiful Devon village surrounded by white chalk cliffs Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Beer and Lyme Bay – The Margarets 3. Dartmouth – one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Dartmouth – The Glasshouse To book, check prices or dates for The Glasshouse 4. Dartmoor Moors – one of the UK’s last great wildernesses and one of the best places to visit in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Dartmoor – Bovey Castle To book, check prices or dates for Bovey Castle Our visit to Dartmoor in Devon and Cornwall… 5. Clovelly – a very picturesque ancient fishing village to explore in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Clovelly – Atlantic House To book, check prices or dates for Atlantic House Clovelly 6. Bantham Beach – one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Bantham Beach – Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast To book, check prices or dates for Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast 7. Salcombe – a beautiful coastal town which is one of the prettiest places to visit in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Salcombe – Gara Rock To book, check prices or dates for Gara Rock Salcombe 8. Lynmouth Harbour and Lynton – a pretty small town set in an area known as England’s Little Switzerland Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Lynton – Bayview Tower To book, check prices or dates for Bayview Tower 9. Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe – two of the most gorgeous beaches to visit in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Woolacombe – a cozy beachside apartment To book, check prices or dates for Cozy beachside apartment in Woolacombe 10. Blackpool Sands – a stunning beach located in a sheltered bay near Dartmouth Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Blackpool Sands – Villa 1, Estura To book, check prices or dates for Villa 1, Estura 11. Appledore – a small fishing village which is a beautiful gem to explore in Devon Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Appledore – Shoreline To book, check prices or dates for Shoreline Appledore 12. Slapton Sands and Torcross – a beautiful pebble beach that stretched for almost two miles Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Slapton Sands – Coach House Cottage To book, check prices or dates for Coach House Cottage 13. Branscombe – a pretty village which is part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Branscombe – Pottery Barn To book, check prices or dates for Pottery Barn 14. Croyde – a magical location to explore with superb sandy beaches and spectacular scenery Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Croyde – Perrymans Cottage Georgeham To book, check prices or dates for Perrymans Cottage Georgeham 15. Brixham – a stunningly beautiful harbourside town to explore in Devon 16. Bigbury-on-Sea – a popular and very beautiful family beach 17. Saunton Sands – a gorgeous beach nestled on Devon’s golden coast 18. Ilfracombe – a stunning and popular Devon seaside resort 19. Burgh Island – a beautiful tidal island on the coast of South Devon 20. Exeter – a pretty cathedral city which is one of the best places to visit in Devon 21. Sidmouth – a beautiful Devon coastal town with a regency feel 22. Exmouth – a charming port town and seaside resort 23. Dittisham – one of the most attractive villages in South Devon 24. Shaldon – an idyllic little fishing village known for its quaint thatched cottages 25. Haldon Forest Park – a beautiful expanse of 3,500 acres of woodland perfect for outdoor activities We also have posts on… FAQs Videos

Devon is the darling of SouthWest beloved of many a staycationer, and with good reason, this gorgeous county offers a huge variety of scenery including mysterious misty moors, storybook habour villages, long stretches of gorgeous sandy beaches backed by towering, fossil cliffs, upscale yachting havens, affluent seaside resort towns, miles of lush meadows crisscrossed with winding country lanes and pretty thatched cottages. From here are the best and most beautiful places to visit in Devon, England…

1. Torquay – a very popular seaside resort town set on the English Channel

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Say to someone that you’ve been to Devon, chances are you’ll be asked ‘Torquay?’ The place has a strong association with all things Devon.

Torquay occupies a niche between ‘typical British seaside’ and something ever so slightly classy. You’ll find a genteel Victorian undercurrent running alongside a bit of typical fishing town character.

There’s a pier to walk along, and a popular sandy beach offering sticks of rock, and food kiosks. If Poirot or Ms Marple is your thing then you are in luck.

The author Agatha Christie was born nearby and there is an ‘Agatha Christie mile walk’ you can embark upon, taking in the same sights that influenced her, count the blue plaques as you go.

Our hotel choice in Torquay – South Sands Beach House

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2. Beer and Lyme Bay – a beautiful Devon village surrounded by white chalk cliffs

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Beer is a gorgeous seaside town to visit in Devon. Here white houses sit side by side with little fisherman’s cottages constructed from local stone and flint.

If angling is your thing the town is famous for its mackerel fishing, or if you prefer your catch to come to you there’s plenty of restaurants serving the finest fruits of the sea.

Lyme Bay is part of the Jurassic coast and a UNESCO world heritage site, so head down to the beach and admire the red layers of sandstone rocks and cliffs crafted by millions of years of geological activity. Maybe you’ll find a fossil or two.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Beer and Lyme Bay – The Margarets

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3. Dartmouth – one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns

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If you are visiting and want to get a real taste of a nautical lifestyle in Devon then you won’t go far wrong with Dartmouth.

Located at the mouth of the River Dart (the clue is in the name) this charming town is rich in more ways than one. Culturally it is one of England’s iconic ports, with all the trimmings.

The infrastructure is such that you will see little fishing boats rubbing shoulders with the odd superyacht. If you want to head inland you’ll find countless ‘indie’ shops, pastel-coloured houses, and perhaps a cafe or two to rest your weary feet.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Dartmouth – The Glasshouse

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4. Dartmoor Moors – one of the UK’s last great wildernesses and one of the best places to visit in Devon

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Dartmoor moors are not just a windswept tundra of heather, oh no. They are interesting, truly. Whether you want to just have a wander or love discovering remnants of iron age villages you can spend a day here easily.

There are druid monuments and obelisks dotted around (think Stonehenge but smaller). Regardless of the time of year, Dartmoor occupies a vast space so is never, ever, busy. For peace, tranquillity, and solitude, look no further.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Dartmoor – Bovey Castle

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5. Clovelly – a very picturesque ancient fishing village to explore in Devon

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See? Lovely… But make sure you take some sturdy footwear as the village is located on a mega steep hill.

Once you’ve got your breath back admire the multicoloured cottages that sandwich the main road that leads up from the harbour, feel free to stop in on numerous halfway houses for a traditional Devon tea.

If you are already at the harbour, why not fortify yourself for the walk back up at one of three quayside pubs?

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Clovelly – Atlantic House

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6. Bantham Beach – one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in Devon

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Clean as a whistle, that’s Bantham Beach. With gentle tides, expanses of flat rippling sand, and warm shallow water, Bantham makes for a fab day out and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Devon.

As a fairly large beach, you should have all the space you need, it’s dog friendly too so you can bring your four-legged friends as well.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Bantham Beach – Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast

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7. Salcombe – a beautiful coastal town which is one of the prettiest places to visit in Devon

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Coastal views, rolling greenery, and a beautiful estuary. Salcombe is simply lovely.

The water is relatively shallow and calm, and the estuary and sandy beach looks more like something you would see in the Mediterranean than the UK.

Have fun playing in the water, visit one of several mariners pubs or indulge your taste buds in an alfresco restaurant whilst taking in views of the sea and surrounding area.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Salcombe – Gara Rock

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8. Lynmouth Harbour and Lynton – a pretty small town set in an area known as England’s Little Switzerland

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Lynton is often lovingly referred to as ‘little Switzerland’, whilst you won’t find mountains, what you will find as a whopping great hill, on which the town sits.

Fortunately, if you just haven’t got it in you to hike down to Lynmouth Harbour there is an iconic and famous cliff railway that will ferry you down (and more importantly back up).

The nearby beach isn’t particularly bather friendly, but with walks and views to die for, located above the town, it would probably be time wasted, when you could be enjoying much more active pursuits.

Of an evening the town has a great deal in the way of excellent restaurants, which is only a good thing, as if you have conquered the hill you’ll be starving.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Lynton – Bayview Tower

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9. Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe – two of the most gorgeous beaches to visit in Devon

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Easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Devon, Combesgate beach has rock pools, and lots of them.

Combesgate beach has topography especially suited to displaying treasures of the deep, especially at low tide. Have a competition to see who can see the most starfish or just chase each other with bits of seaweed.

A bit further down, Woolacombe has an award-winning beach, with three miles of golden flat sand. If you like a bit of surf, then at certain tide states, it provides an excellent venue to wet your board.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Woolacombe – a cozy beachside apartment

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10. Blackpool Sands – a stunning beach located in a sheltered bay near Dartmouth

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Blackpool Sands is a bit unique in the fact that it is privately owned and managed. Given the correct weather conditions, it actually looks like something you might find in the Caribbean.

All the convenience and fun with none of the hassle of flying. If you don’t like sand you are in luck, as the beach is covered in fine shale.

It isn’t the biggest beach, but as a result, it tends not to get too busy as tourists head to the more well-known areas, with quiet coves at either end it offers a much more sedate experience for a day out.

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11. Appledore – a small fishing village which is a beautiful gem to explore in Devon

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Aside from aesthetics, Appledore has quite a bit going on. For centuries its main export was the building of ships, and the effects of this are still visible to this day (boats are still built there to this day).

If you want to remain all nautical there is a prominent yacht club, why not put on your Sunday best and go for one or two afternoon ‘refreshments’.

If you like exploring then definitely pay Appledore a visit. A labyrinth of cobbled streets give way to courtyards, whitewashed houses, and hanging baskets.

Explore handmade jewellery and craft stores, or relax whilst sampling some freshly caught catch of the day in one of the local restaurants.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Appledore – Shoreline

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12. Slapton Sands and Torcross – a beautiful pebble beach that stretched for almost two miles

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Slapton Sands isn’t just a beach (and it’s pebbly, talk about false advertising). It also has a few extra bits making it well worth a visit.

Whilst you can sunbathe and swim in relative comfort, you can also go a bit ‘natural’ as well (no not in ‘that’ way)…There are several species of rare birds and the odd wildflower found in the nearby nature reserve.

If you like your military history, Slapton sands was used to practice the Normandy landings, with quite catastrophic consequences.

Head south and you’ll find the tiny village of Torcross, located on a thin peninsula between the beach and a freshwater lake. It makes the ideal place to stay if you want to explore the surrounding area.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Slapton Sands – Coach House Cottage

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13. Branscombe – a pretty village which is part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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First we give you hills, and then we give you the longest village in the UK (don’t worry we aren’t trying to tell you anything… you do enjoy walking though right?) Home to a number of national trust properties and historic buildings you can get a real feel for the past here.

The countryside surrounding the village provides a pleasant afternoon ramble as you mix greenery with the occasional thatched cottage adorned lovingly with hanging baskets.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay near Branscombe – Pottery Barn

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14. Croyde – a magical location to explore with superb sandy beaches and spectacular scenery

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A Mecca for UK surfers, Croyde mixes a bit of the old with a bit of the new. Thatched country pubs serving roast dinners during the day give way to local bands and a younger ‘cooler’ crowd in the evening.

When the sun is out expect it to get busy with camper-vans and everyone arriving to see what the fuss is all about.

Whilst it has been criticised in recent years for turning a bit more commercial, if you time your visit right you can still experience a hint of the wild charm that once enticed people to this wide and expansive beach.

Our choice for a beautiful place to stay in Croyde – Perrymans Cottage Georgeham

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15. Brixham – a stunningly beautiful harbourside town to explore in Devon

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Located slap bang in the heart of the English Riviera, Brixham is a must-see.

There’s an exquisite harbour complete with fishing boats, and fortunately for you, day charters, so you can see the surrounding coast whilst catching the sun (or if you are like us, burning your nose).

Brixham, in particular, has an affinity with pirates so if you want an organised tour head on down to the heritage museum, or if you want to create your own adventure pop down to the nearby beach and see if you can find a smugglers cove.

If it’s a rainy day, the harbour is home to a full-size replica of the Golden Hind, the famous vessel that was used extensively by Sir Francis Drake.

16. Bigbury-on-Sea – a popular and very beautiful family beach

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On the opposite side to Bantham beach you’ll find a wider area. This is Bigbury on Sea.

The water around the beach is shallow, so it’s good for paddling. Behind the beach is a series of eateries and cafes offering various fare.

We recommend the surf n’ turf, which in likelihood has been locally caught (well the surf bit anyway, we’re not sure about the ‘turf’).

17. Saunton Sands – a gorgeous beach nestled on Devon’s golden coast

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Play hide and seek amongst the dunes before sprinting into the sea to cool down. If you are not feeling that energetic then there’s plenty of facilities to make your day at the beach your own.

Hire a deckchair (knotted hanky on the head optional), sit in a beach hut or try your hand at surfing…You don’t even need to bring a board as there are several kiosks located along the beach that will happily rent you one. A real beauty spot to explore in Devon!

18. Ilfracombe – a stunning and popular Devon seaside resort

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For an all-inclusive seaside break look no further. Looking Northwards, on a clear day you might just spot Wales.

The town of Ilfracombe sits on a bit of a peninsula, so regardless of which way you walk, you’ll probably end up at the sea. Victoriana is rife in this town with promenades, adorable manicured gardens, and maybe even the odd iron-railed arcade.

Visit the tunnelled beach and gain a glimpse into history, as you see a very Victorian solution to how to keep boys and girls properly separated on their jollies.

If you want to go further back in time Watermouth Castle is well worth a visit. Watch knights fight in re-enactments or take a stroll down the hill to the picturesque Watermouth Cove.

19. Burgh Island – a beautiful tidal island on the coast of South Devon

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Burgh island sits sandwiched between Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham Beach. If you are at Bantham then it’s well worth taking the ‘sea tractor’ over to the island (depending on the time and weather).

Think of a bus on stilts and you’ll have got the general gist, as you splash your way through the waves to arrive on an island housing a hotel, a small cafe, and a pub.

You can walk around the island but there are private areas, so watch your step. For a full day start with a lazy morning on Bantham beach, then head over to Burgh Island, enjoy lunch and then recline into a sedentary position whilst topping up your tan at Bigbury on Sea.

20. Exeter – a pretty cathedral city which is one of the best places to visit in Devon

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Exeter is a small city that feels much larger. It has been at the heart of British naval dominance for the best part of 600 years.

Within its walls, you will find magnificent Georgian, Victorian (and even Elizabethan) architecture. Splendid parks are dotted throughout the city which aren’t at all spoiled by the usual high street fare.

There are numerous hotels, guest rooms, and other options, so if you are looking for a base to start your Devonshire exploration here is as good an option as any.

Even if you aren’t staying, there’s a fair bit to see (more than a day’s worth certainly). Head to the cathedral, make your way to the quayside or go and watch a show at the theatre.

21. Sidmouth – a beautiful Devon coastal town with a regency feel

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Sidmouth shares many features (and a coastline) with Branscombe and Beer, in fact, if you are so inclined you can walk the famous South West Coast path to reach either.

If you like noisy things with big ears and soft noses, there’s a Donkey Sanctuary located in Sidmouth with 500 rescue donkeys.

If you really want to get out of town there are coastal walks which will take you above the town where you’ll be afforded magnificent views or the red sandstone cliffs, the lovely mix of the sand and shingle beach and the sparkly blue water.

22. Exmouth – a charming port town and seaside resort

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Exmouth (taking its name from the nearby river Exe) isn’t far from Exeter and sits at the very start of the Jurassic Coast. It has a beach that is popular with watersport enthusiasts so if standing on a board and whizzing along the waves floats your boat, here is the place to do it.

Heading inland the town is rich in architecture spanning several centuries, and features a pleasant indoor market, offering locally crafted items and home-grown delicacies for you to sample.

For the geologists out there, Exmouth is home to a rather interesting feature. The valley of the rocks is one of the UK’s only dry valleys.

The river Exe used to flow through this valley during the last ice age, however, once a giant glacier melted, the river’s path diverted, leaving this scenic ‘U’ shaped valley, we aren’t too sure where the goats came from, but they are fun to watch too.

23. Dittisham – one of the most attractive villages in South Devon

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Enjoying the water doesn’t have to mean being at the beach. We want you to close your eyes and imagine a village bathed in golden sunlight, bells are ringing in the background and boats bob and sway rhythmically along a wide riverbank.

Got it? Good, as we were actually describing Dittisham.

This sleepy village is located on the estuarial banks of the River Dart is a fantastic place to visit in Devon. If you are here for a few days visit the former home of Agatha Christie at Greenway, have a look round the house or stop for an afternoon tea in the gardens.

There are plenty of sweet little holiday cottages in Dittisham and due to its proximity to several of other attractions, it makes a great base for those liking a bit of peace and quiet.

24. Shaldon – an idyllic little fishing village known for its quaint thatched cottages

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Shaldon is a pleasantly old-fashioned village occupying a prominent spot on the mouth of the River Teign. It’s a bit quieter than some of our other suggestions, so prepare to relax a bit.

It boasts authenticity as an example of a working coastal town and it still relies partly on the fishing industry to ensure its survival.

If you want a bit of excitement on your journey down to the sand, head to Teignmouth beach, which is accessed by a genuine smugglers tunnel. A gorgeous place to explore in Devon!

25. Haldon Forest Park – a beautiful expanse of 3,500 acres of woodland perfect for outdoor activities

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Let’s get away from the seaside for a minute. Haldon Forest Park is an area overflowing with lush greenery, pine trees, and trails.

Cycle, run, jog or just amble through leaf-laden boulevards of natural beauty. If the sun is shining take a picnic and sit in gladed areas whilst enjoying your lunch.

There are maps and designated routes tailored to cater for all levels of physical ability and depending on which you take you may be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding area. Stunning.

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My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world and running Global Grasshopper, you’ll find me walking my rescued Greek street dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Lanes on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Laos, California and the surreally beautiful landscapes of a wintry Iceland.

FAQs

What is the best part of Devon to stay in? ›

The best towns to stay in Devon
  • Torquay. Best for: Seaside and nature. The popular resort town of Torquay has everything you need for a perfect seaside holiday. ...
  • Ashburton. Best for: Activities and relaxation. ...
  • Totnes. Best for: Alternative living and shopping. ...
  • Ilfracombe. Best for: Coastal scenery.
Jun 11, 2018

What is the most scenic part of Cornwall? ›

10 of the most beautiful places in Cornwall
  1. Bodmin Moor. Sunrise on Bodmin Moor. ...
  2. Kynance Cove. Could there be a more ruggedly beautiful beach than here at Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsular? ...
  3. Tintagel Castle. ...
  4. Minions. ...
  5. Lost Gardens of Heligan. ...
  6. St. ...
  7. Polperro. ...
  8. Marazion.

What is the most beautiful village in Devon? ›

10 Most Picturesque Villages in Devon
  • Bigbury-on-Sea.
  • Clovelly.
  • Beer.
  • Appledore.
  • Dittisham.
  • Cockington.
  • Braunton.
  • Lynton and Lynmouth.

What is the poshest part of Devon? ›

Consistently the most expensive place in Devon (and second only to Sandbanks in the UK) the town of Salcombe shares many of the natural attractions of its near neighbour, with extra waterfront appeal. Salcombe is known for its incredible scenery, restaurants, bars and its famous penny sweet shop, Cranch's.

Which is nicer north or South Devon? ›

North Devon is, for me, about stunningly beautiful coastlines and countryside and is best for those who want to walk, surf or do outdoorsy type stuff. With small kids there is more commercial holiday stuff going on in South Devon (farm parks galore, etc) and there are more big roads to get you around easily.

Where should I go for a weekend in Devon? ›

One of South Devon's liveliest family seaside resorts, Dawlish Warren is home to a 500 acre nature reserve, vast sand dunes and a long sandy beach. A historic market town, Newton Abbot is close to Dartmoor National Park. Teignbridge is best known for its beautiful section of railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot.

Whats better Devon or Cornwall? ›

The verdict. This is a tough one, but the winner has to be Cornwall… but only just! With over 250 miles of coastline and 300 beaches to explore, Cornwall does beaches like nowhere else in the UK. Devon is a close runner-up with 120 beaches, and of course, the gorgeous Jurassic Coast.

What is the most visited town in Cornwall? ›

Newquay. Newquay is one of the most popular tourist towns in Cornwall and if you're wondering where to visit in Cornwall for a fun, holiday atmosphere, here is your place!

What is the nicest county in England? ›

The full list of rankings can be found below
County% who like the countyRank
Dorset92%1
Devon92%2
Cornwall91%3
North Yorkshire87%4
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Aug 20, 2018

Which is the prettiest county in England? ›

1. Cornwall voted most picturesque county in England. That's right, one in five respondents voted Cornwall as England's prettiest destination, and it's hardly surprising, given the county's evocative mix of coast and country.

What's the nicest part of England? ›

Most beautiful places in England
  1. The North York Moors, Yorkshire. ...
  2. Grasmere and Ambleside, Cumbria. ...
  3. Chatsworth and Haddon, Derbyshire. ...
  4. Bath, Somerset. ...
  5. Cotswold villages, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. ...
  6. Jurassic Coast, Dorset and Devon. ...
  7. Helford and Roseland, Cornwall. ...
  8. Norfolk coast, Norfolk.
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Is Beer Devon worth visiting? ›

Though it is small, there are no end of things to do when visiting Beer. With a host of family friendly attractions and plenty of walks, with easy access to the South West Coast Path, East Devon Way and Jurassic Coast, it is hard to be bored when visiting the village.

What is the smallest village in Devon? ›

The largest settlement in Devon is the city and unitary authority of Plymouth with a population of 256,720, whereas the smallest settlement was the town and civil parish of Beer with a population of 1,317.

What is Sidmouth known for? ›

Known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Sidmouth proudly sits in the middle of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has all the classic appeal of a traditional English seaside resort, blended with elegant Regency architecture and a genteel atmosphere.

Is Devon a poor county? ›

Overall levels of deprivation in Devon County are lower than the national average. There are 20 (of over 450) Devon County Council LSOAs within the 20% most deprived in England (around 5% of the population). The most deprived is in central Ilfracombe, which ranks 1,576 out of 32,844.

Where is the safest place in Devon? ›

There are safer parts of Devon, starting with Exmouth which ranks as the safest area in Devon, followed up by Paignton in second place, and Newton Abbot in third place.

Where do Londoners move to in Devon? ›

The family now live in St Leonards, a small town on the outskirts of Exeter.

Which part of Devon is warmest? ›

Saunton and Croyde often record the highest temperatures in Britain, often due to easterly and southeasterly winds. The south-east coast of Devon, including places such as Salcombe and Exmouth, is one of the sunniest places in the UK.

Is Devon expensive? ›

Living costs can be quite high in Devon, with petrol at a high price of 120.4 pence on average in 2015, and food shopping for a household coming in a just under £60 per week, which is on the higher end even among the 10 worst places to live in Uswitch's Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index.

Is it cheaper to live in Devon or Cornwall? ›

"Cornwall, with an overall average price of £286,627, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Devon (£278,097), but was cheaper than Somerset (£305,875) and Dorset (£342,802). The most expensive area within Cornwall was Rock (£1,424,011) and the cheapest was Redruth (£175,012).

Where do you stop in Devon? ›

Best Devon Road Trip Ever: 10 Unmissable Stops You NEED to See
  • Explore Exmoor National Park (Lynmouth) ...
  • Visit the quaint town of Ilfracombe. ...
  • Go surfing in Croyde. ...
  • Wander round Clovelly. ...
  • Explore the city of Plymouth. ...
  • Venture out to Burgh Island. ...
  • Relax on the beach at Salcombe. ...
  • Get outside at River Dart Country Park / Dartmoor.
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Is north or south Devon warmer? ›

But before you go making any decisions, consider what the north coast lacks: the little inlets, estuaries and indents that South Devon's coast possesses, as well as the milder, warmer climate the south enjoys thanks to the shelter of the surrounding South Hams hills.

Where can I sleep in Devon? ›

Best Places to Stay in Devon
  • i. Moonbow Escapes. ...
  • Blackbird. Holsworthy, Devon, South West England. ...
  • Fingals. Dartmouth, Devon, South West England. ...
  • Saunton Sands Hotel. Croyde, Devon, South West England. ...
  • Coastal Cabins. Bideford, Devon, South West England. ...
  • Exe Valley Glamping. ...
  • The Nest Treehouse. ...
  • The 25 Boutique B&B.

Is Devon warmer than Cornwall? ›

Cornwall generally gains sunshine when heavy rain falls in from the Atlantic while Devon's skies are mostly submerged in murky Devon. The sun is more easily covered in Cornwall than on other islands.
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Is Devon The Best County?
City% who like the countyRank
Devon92%2
Cornwall91%3
North Yorkshire87%4
Somerset86%5

Why do Devon and Cornwall hate each other? ›

For centuries Devon and Cornwall have been split by an intense rivalry over their distinctive charms, their inhabitants arguing over anything from whether jam or clotted cream goes first on a scone to which one invented the pastie.

Which is better Devon or Dorset? ›

Dorset is closer to the U.K's bigger cities, but if you are willing to travel a bit farther, there is more variety of landscape and activities in Devon, encompassing both the northern Exmoor Coast and the southern Jurassic Coast. Basically, see what you fancy and can book, you will love either place.

Is Newquay rough? ›

It can be a bit rough, IMO, and noisy. Lots of litter. However, it is in a beautiful area, there are things for kids to do round about (sealife on the beach iirc). Do not do it - Newquay is full of drunk teenagers.

Is Cornwall rough? ›

The website states: "Cornwall is the second safest county in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Cornwall in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 23 out of 1,000 residents.

Which side of Cornwall is warmer? ›

If you want (as best we can advise) warmer clearer water, warmer sunnier weather, clean - then the south does it. But for visually very pretty and naturally beautiful it's a win on the north.

What town is popular getaway in Cornwall England? ›

Falmouth. Lively town, good location for sightseeing as well as beaches. Also a popular place for a longer vacation in Cornwall. Voted Britain's best coastal town, Falmouth in southern Cornwall is a great spot for a family vacation.

Where is the bluest water in Cornwall? ›

The beaches around Land's End perhaps have the clearest water. So Sennen Cove, Porthcurno, Nanjizal and Pedn Vounder.

What is the warmest beach in Cornwall? ›

Kynance Cove, The Lizard Peninsula

Continuing to impress, it's situated in one of the warmest climates in the UK, so the tranquil water radiates a gorgeous turquoise colour. The Cornwall beach is the ideal romantic setting, offering a secluded hideaway from larger, bustling towns.

Is Sennen Cove worth visiting? ›

It's a stunning area of south Cornwall that you cannot miss and, without a doubt, one of the best areas to start off your adventures would be Sennen Cove. Imagine white sands, turquoise waters, historic cottages, art galleries, seaside accommodation, and friendly pubs.

Which is better North or South Devon? ›

South Devon's coast is generally tamer than the north and many of the beaches are well-equipped with facilities, which can really come in handy when you've got kids in tow. Among the top swimming locations here is the Blue Flag-winning Blackpool Sands, which – despite its name – is actually a shingle beach.

Which is best Devon or Cornwall? ›

The verdict

This is a tough one, but the winner has to be Cornwall… but only just! With over 250 miles of coastline and 300 beaches to explore, Cornwall does beaches like nowhere else in the UK. Devon is a close runner-up with 120 beaches, and of course, the gorgeous Jurassic Coast.

Which is better Ilfracombe or Woolacombe? ›

Woolacombe has a slightly larger choice, with the Red Barn getting the lion's share of trade. No chef's surprises, pretty average menus, but dependable as before. Ilfracombe has some stunning places to eat in the evenings, but do some research on here, there is also some dross!

Is Exmouth Devon worth visiting? ›

It's true that the bustling two kilometres of beachfront are well worth visiting on any trip to Exmouth. As well as the golden sandy beach, you've got pedalo boats, amusement arcades and kids' playgrounds, and plenty of beachside pubs, restaurants, bars, and ice cream stalls.

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